Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday vowed that the state government will catch up with officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) that was caught on tape demanding bribe.
Fashola who spoke at the induction of the new Special Traffic Mayors in Lagos saluted the courage of those who took pains to record the event adding that he would brought to justice once the state is able to catch up with him.
“I want first to salute the citizen that got the video of the LASTMA officer who was caught negotiating bribe inside a citizen’s car. We must all nail and shame and we must all use that kind of medium to fish out all the bad eggs in the society. And bring them to justice. That LASTMA officer, who is still on the run and we have declared him wanted. I can assure you today that we will get him. And as soon as we do, we will give him all his rights and he will have his day in court”, he said.
He explained that the state Executive Council has approved building of two asphalt plants in the state. The plants are to be sited in Ikorodu and Badagry.
The governor said LASTMA was set up basically to manage traffic, stressing that arrest of traffic offenders and any other responsibility was secondary, and must not take the focus of LASTMA away from their primary assignment.
He warned that on no account must LASTMA officers abandon traffic control to pursue arrest of offenders, stressing that where an offender tends to be stubborn and his action is causing traffic build-up, the traffic managers must let off the offender and return to their primary responsibility of traffic control.
“I say this not because I do not want lawbreakers to be arrested and brought to book, but because lawbreakers must not undermine your primary responsibility which is traffic management on our roads,” Fashola said. He said LASTMA also has the secondary responsibility of reporting to the state government issues of bad roads in areas where they are posted.
He said plans are almost concluded to bring LASTMA and Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Bridge officers into the mainstream public service of Lagos, which will enable them enjoy the full benefits accrueable to other civil servants in the state public service. The governor, however, called for the support and cooperation of the general public in proper traffic management in the state.
Earlier, Kayode Opeifa, the commissioner for transport, had charged the STMs to work hand in hand with LASTMA, saying their job was help traffic flow and not to effect arrest of an offender or issue tickets as LASTMA officers may do.